Job: Freelance Audience Development/Project Manager

Seeking an experienced freelancer with audience development and project management experience.

Chrysalis Arts Development (CAD), is seeking an experienced freelancer with audience development and project management experience to contribute to our current work programme, help us improve the reach and impact of our projects and to lead on the research and writing of an Audience Development Plan. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to our access, inclusivity and skills development work and to work as part of a highly skilled and collaborative team on an innovative programme of place-based and environmental arts-led activity.

A priority for this work will be contributing to the creative consultation programme for Marton Wood, a new 10-year slow art initiative currently in development. The introductory programme for this project has commenced and currently includes workshops and taster activities led by freelance artists, seasonal workshops with local schools, community consultation events and a programme of artist engagement activity. In addition to supporting this work, the role will involve research to extend its reach, working closely with the rest of the CAD team, gathering and evaluating feedback, and also contributing to other ongoing audience research and engagement work, including with underserved and isolated groups.

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 March 2023, 9am

  • Contributing to the planning and implementation of CAD’s current project work which focuses on community engagement, art and environmental issues and place.
  • Facilitation of engagement programmes of activity in conjunction with CAD’s core team. This will include research and consultation, particularly with schools and community groups, organisation of venues, liaison with artists and other workshop leaders, attendance at participatory sessions and gathering of participants feedback and other relevant information.
  • Contributing to the development of online community engagement content.
  • Data collection, evaluation, and presentation of material and project information.
  • Attendance at weekly team meetings – a combination of online and in-person.
  • Research and creation of an Audience Development Plan to underpin this work.


  • Experience in audience research, data collection, analysis and evaluation
  • Excellent organisational and planning abilities
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills and confidence in engaging with young people, older people and underserved groups
  • Knowledge/experience of arts and community engagement practice and project management
  • Flexibility, willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong collaborative ethos


  • Knowledge of visual arts practice
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of CAD’s artistic and environmental goals and values
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong collaborative ethos
  • Digital skills
Fee and time

The work is offered on a freelance basis for 1.5 days per week, based on a daily rate of £170 per day, including VAT if applicable. A day is based on 7 hours. Working hours may be flexible, although a regular working pattern is required. This contract is offered for an initial period of six months commencing in April 2023, due for completion by the end of October 2023, with the option of renewal subject to successful funding being secured.

Background information

CAD is predominantly a visual arts organisation but works across artforms and in collaboration with a wide range of practitioners and specialists.

Working pattern

Flexible working hours will form a key requirement of this role, including attending sessions at times when groups meet eg evenings, and when activities are planned outside normal working hours. The person appointed will be willing to travel to a range of locations and a driving license and use of a vehicle is desirable.

Since the COVID pandemic, we have developed a flexible working pattern, combining regular online working from home with meetings at our base, The Art Depot, in Gargrave or occasionally elsewhere. We envisage a routine of approximately monthly in-person meetings which will focus on planning and development, whilst routine work will continue to take place from home. Attendance at online, weekly team meeting, at meetings at The Art Depot and at relevant activities and events will be essential.


The core Chrysalis team currently comprises two executive directors, a CPD manager and marketing/admin manager. All Chrysalis staff work part-time and are employed on a freelance basis. We appoint additional freelance specialists as required. We also work closely with our board of management which takes an active role in all aspects of our operation.


Gargrave is accessible by public transport including bus and train. Activities will take place in other parts of North Yorkshire, including rural areas where public transport is not available, and a driving licence and use of a vehicle is desirable.

A car mileage allocation of 45p per mile is payable for work which involves travel in North Yorkshire or beyond. This is calculated from The Art Depot or from home, depending on the shorter distance.


The contract will be for six months, depending on start time, with an initial break clause after three months. Future renewal is subject to company need and the successful procurement of future funds.

To apply

Please email a CV and covering letter of no more than 2 sides A4, outlining your experience and what you can offer the role.

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 March 2023, 9am

Emails and enquiries should be addressed to:
Role to start on or before: Tuesday 11 April

Chrysalis Arts is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity for all and aims to ensure that no potential or actual worker is treated less favourably than another because of race, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality, disability, age, marital status, class or economic disadvantage.

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